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Henceforward... By Alan Ayckbourn Henceforward Out in a computerized fortress somewhere in the uncharted regions of the Northern Line lives a lonely composer Jerome who has not been able to depress a key on his digital audio system since his det
  • Title: Henceforward...
  • Author: Alan Ayckbourn
  • ISBN: 9780571151851
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • Henceforward... By Alan Ayckbourn Out in a computerized fortress somewhere in the uncharted regions of the Northern Line lives a lonely composer, Jerome, who has not been able to depress a key on his digital audio system since his detested wife removed herself and his beloved daughter Jerome plans to regain access to the child by hiring an actress to play his fiancee and impress the Child Welfare DepartmeOut in a computerized fortress somewhere in the uncharted regions of the Northern Line lives a lonely composer, Jerome, who has not been able to depress a key on his digital audio system since his detested wife removed herself and his beloved daughter Jerome plans to regain access to the child by hiring an actress to play his fiancee and impress the Child Welfare Department with a masquerade of perfect domestic harmony The plan might have worked out, but for the other occupant in the flat In telling this essentially one character story, Ayckbourn succeeds yet again in discovering achingly funny means of expressing extreme distress Irving Wardle reviewing the original Scarborough production in The Times, July 1987.
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    1. Alan Ayckbourn

      Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a popular and prolific English playwright He has written and produced seventy three full length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company since his first hit Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke of York s Theatre in 1967 Major successes include Absurd Person Singular 1975 , The Norman Conquests trilogy 1973 , Bedroom Farce 1975 , Just Between Ourselves 1976 , A Chorus of Disapproval 1984 , Woman in Mind 1985 , A Small Family Business 1987 , Man Of The Moment 1988 , House Garden 1999 and Private Fears in Public Places 2004 His plays have won numerous awards, including seven London Evening Standard Awards They have been translated into over 35 languages and are performed on stage and television throughout the world Ten of his plays have been staged on Broadway, attracting two Tony nominations, and one Tony award.

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    1. It s not particularly Alan Ayckbourn s fault that this has aged badly Predicting future technological or social change is hard and he did as well or badly as many have done It makes reading what, I think, isn t a strong play just a little harder though The main character is just so unlikeable that it unbalances the piece He is whiney and manipulative, not to mention creepy and much as the play may acknowledge that in the denouement, it doesn t make spending time in his company any less trying.


    2. There are two themes within this play which are of particular interest One is civil disorder in the London area and the second is science fiction Ayckbourn returns to the former at least once and the latter several times There are, naturally, strong female roles and these require to be well portrayed.


    3. From BBC radio 3 It s sometime in the near future Composer Jerome has been suffering a creative block His only company is his beloved music, the ultra modern recording devices that surround him, and a malfunctioning humanoid robot, NAN 300F.



    4. I thought this play was fairly well done I listened to a audio performance which probably goes over rather better than a read of this I didn t think it suffered as poorly from the passage of time and advances in technology as some other reviews have suggested In fact some of the technology guesses made the read listen all the hilarious I give it 3 stars.


    5. There are some very good things in here the dialogue, for instance and some things that I didn t like so much pretty much everything about the daughter son s gender representation For my first reading of Ayckbourne it didn t exactly stun me, but I d happily try again


    6. This play seems amusing but pointless until you give it a moment of thought, then you see the point but in that moment you get the whole point There is nothing else to get.


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